A fabulous choice for indulgent breaks, Paris is also a wonderful place to soak up a little culture. If you're planning a getaway in the city, don't miss the chance to visit some of its best-loved architectural attractions; read on to learn about some of the finest.
An attraction that needs no introduction, the Eiffel Tower is arguably the most iconic landmark in Paris. Built in 1889 for the Exposition Universelle, this 324 m high iron structure has since become one of the world's most famous sites.
If you are keen to have the ultimate Eiffel Tower experience, you ought to visit at least one of its three viewing platforms. Should you only be interested in getting to the first and/or second, it is worth considering walking up, since the queues for tickets tend to be much shorter. If you want to visit the third - and highest - level, you'll need to take the lift.
Anyone on a romantic break should definitely make their way to the Eiffel Tower at night, when it is lit up against the dark sky, before taking a scenic stroll along the river. If you're planning a Valentine's Day trip here, make sure you wrap up warm - it's likely to be even chillier than you'd expect!
Arc de Triomphe
Our next top architectural attraction is the Arc de Triomphe, commissioned by Napoleon to commemorate his victorious battles. Completed in 1836, the arch also became the resting place of the first world war's Unknown Soldier. In memorial of those who fell during battle, a flame is lit here each day at 18:30 local time.
An interesting feature of the Arc de Triomphe is that it is situated in the largest traffic roundabout in the world. So, you will need to use the nearby underground passageways to reach it. It is here that you can also purchase tickets to climb the 284 steps to the top; a worthwhile endeavour, considering the unique views it gives of Paris's wide boulevards.
Another of Paris's exceptionally famous architectural achievements is the Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris. Reputedly the city's most visited attraction, it sits at the heart of the capital - so much so that the distance from Paris to other French destinations is usually measured from here.
A fantastic example of French Gothic architecture, it is a joy to explore, both inside and out. Among the top things to see are the gargoyles, which you can admire up close if you climb the steps to the top of the west facade. It is also worth heading into the treasury to see the liturgical artefacts and artwork on display.
Our final absolute must-see is the Basilique du Sacre Coeur, situated at the top of the Butte de Montmartre, looking out over the entire city. Indeed, it is often said that its dome is the very best place to see panoramic views over the capital, so try to climb to the top while you are here.
In 1873, the construction of the cathedral began, but the building was not actually consecrated until the end of World War I. Today, it stands as an excellent example of Romano-Byzantine architecture.
Wherever you decide to visit, make sure you select the right hotel for your stay; you can find out more about local accommodation by clicking here, while it is always a good idea to get recommendations from friends and family wherever possible.